Mummy Makeover

The term mummy makeover is increasingly being used in cosmetic practice. It is a term that is often applied to the combination of body and breast rejuvenation surgery.

An Introduction To Mummy Makeovers

The term mummy makeover is increasingly being used in cosmetic practice. It is a term that is often applied to the combination of body and breast rejuvenation surgery. Often with age, following pregnancy or where there have been changes in weight, there is a change in the skin quality and elasticity. Combined with an effect on the ligaments of the breast and the abdominal wall, the changes associated with pregnancy can alter the appearance of the body significantly. Often women look to improve the contour of both their breasts and their abdomen at the same time, which can be achieved through mummy makeover surgery.

Although not all women are suitable, the vast majority can have both procedures simultaneously and consulting with a mummy makeover surgeon in Manchester that has experience of these combination surgeries is important. It is also important to consult with a surgeon who can show you examples of his/her work. Some women choose to split the procedures following a discussion regarding the pros and cons (patient 1) whereas others are happy to have both surgeries performed together as a full mummy makeover.

What Does A Mummy Makeover in Manchester Consist Of?

The most common form of mummy makeover surgery is an abdominoplasty and/or liposuction and breast augmentation and/or mastopexy. The aims of an abdominoplasty are to improve the contour and reduce the excess skin and fat. The abdominal wall almost always needs to be addressed with tightening of the abdominal wall. This can be done by approximating the muscles without direct trauma to the muscles. The layer of the abdominal wall on top of the muscles is tightened and in doing so the muscles are brought together leaving less discomfort postoperatively.

Also, with a mummy makeover, stretch marks in the lower abdomen can be removed and stretch marks in the upper abdomen are brought down to the bottom of the abdomen. These upper stretch marks are often improved in appearance following an abdominoplasty procedure. Often the pink appearance can become paler in perception, although patients with excessive stretch marks should be aware that these will still be present postoperatively albeit lower on the abdominal wall. Hernias can occur as a result of pregnancy and these can be addressed at the same time as an abdominoplasty. Scars are generally placed as low as possible and with improved techniques, there is no need to use drains and patients can go home within 24 hours.

Breast Rejuvenation As Part Of A Mummy Makeover

In terms of breast rejuvenation within mummy makeover, most women feel that they have lost both volume and shape. In some patients where the nipple areola is at a suitable height breast augmentation alone may suffice. Where the nipple areola complex has dropped a mastopexy is often required to lift the breast up the chest wall. If a patient chooses a mastopexy they may wish to have increased fullness especially in the upper part of the breast and may consider breast augmentation at the same time. This can be with autologous fat or with breast implants. Autologous fat transfer, removed during liposuction, can be used to increase the size of breasts but patients must be aware that the size increase is small and less predictable than breast implants.

There are different types of breast implants and it is important to discuss the different options, different shapes and different positions that the implants can be placed in with a mummy makeover surgeon. Breast augmentation in combination with an abdominoplasty can give a good result although the result is dependent on the position of the nipple-areola complex preoperatively and the expectations of mummy makeover surgery. Some patients choose this rather than accept the scars associated with a mastopexy. Patients must be aware that it is likely that they will require a mastopexy at some point in the future. Combining a mastopexy with an implant at the same time has some limitations in terms of the volume that can be created but a one stage mastopexy implant is often the best way to give back both the shape and volume lost. With mastopexy implant improved techniques mean that drains are often not required and patients can go home within 24 hours.

How Much Does A Mummy Makeover in Manchester Cost?

We base quotes on individual circumstances as each patient has different needs and requirements. We’ll discuss your options during your consultation for a mummy makeover based on how you answer your questions. It will also give us an opportunity to examine your current circumstances and how we can perform the surgery as safely as possible. If we feel you’re an ideal candidate for the surgery, we’ll provide you with the cost of the mummy makeover surgery in Manchester which will also include hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees.

Is A Mummy Makeover Right For You?

When considering mummy makeover surgery in Manchester, it is best to be at your ideal weight and have completed your family. You should be able to have help at home postoperatively especially if you have young children. Careful consideration of the postoperative arrangements is important so that you avoid excessive lifting in the days following surgery. The surgery should not be performed on smokers or those with significant co-morbidity and with careful patient selection complications are uncommon. It is usual to have some swelling for a number of weeks afterwards and the final results from abdominoplasty can take a number of months. 

It is usual to have some discomfort which is more usual in the abdomen than the breasts. Sensory changes do occur although most changes are temporary. Issues with infection, haematoma, incision healing or wound breakdown can occur although these are unusual. With the introduction of internal stitching and internal glue the incidence of seroma has significantly reduced. For breast augmentation there can be long term issues relating to breast implants and it is important to go through these potential risks preoperatively so that you can make an informed decision as to which operation is best for you and ensure a smooth mummy makeover recovery.

Mummy Makeover Surgery and Rehabilitation

Although there are anaesthetic risks with combined procedures any of the combinations of surgery described can be carried out in under 4 hours thus minimising anaesthetic risks and preventing the need for a catheter. Early mobilisation is important to decrease the risks associated with general anaesthesia and compression garments should be worn for 4-6 weeks alongside a support bra. The combination of surgeries is often termed “extreme makeover” however the combination of breast and abdominal rejuvenation surgery in one stage is increasingly being recognised as a better alternative in selected patients than splitting the procedures into two stages. Patients can turn back the clock and rediscover the contour they had prior to having children with one mummy makeover operation.

The pictures of the following lady demonstrate the scars during the healing process. The blue visible at 1-2 weeks is tissue glue that comes off gradually. By 3-4 weeks the scars are beginning to mature. In abdominal incisions where the closure can be tight the incision area can take 4-6 weeks to heal as in this case and the patient needs to continue to massage the areas during the healing process to obtain the best scars and ideal mummy makeover results.

Why Choose Gary Ross MBChB, MD, FRCS, (Plast) For Your Mummy Makeover in Manchester?

Gary Ross is a full member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS);  British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Association of Breast Surgeons (ABS), British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO) and is a fully accredited plastic surgeon on the General Medical Council’s specialist register for plastic surgery. Gary Ross is a highly experienced Mummy Makeover surgeon in Manchester, so you will be in the safest environment possible for your procedure. 

A mummy makeover is a type of cosmetic surgery involving a combination of body and breast rejuvenation. This procedure is used to improve the contour of both the breasts and abdomen, which may have been affected with age or following pregnancy. These changes to the body can be a result of an increase in weight and also the elasticity of the skin, as well as changes in the ligaments of the breast and the abdominal wall. The exact details of the procedure will depend on your desired outcome and also how your body currently looks. Following a consultation with a mummy makeover surgeon, you will know the exact procedures that will be used.

The main benefit of a mummy makeover is that you are able to feel confident in your body and achieve the look that you are wanting, such as more uplifted breasts or a flatter abdomen. An added benefit of a mummy makeover, as opposed to having body and breast rejuvenations separately, is that you don’t have to go through recovery on two occasions. Instead, both procedures can be completed at the same time and therefore, you halve recovery time. Having your mummy makeover in Manchester means that you are able to work with one of the UK’s leading mummy makeover surgeons, Gary Ross.

The duration of a mummy makeover surgery is dependent on the exact procedures that are being used. This could be anywhere from one hour to several. After a discussion with a mummy makeover surgeon in Manchester, you will be given a more accurate idea of how long the procedure will take. However, the main thing to take into account is the duration of recovery following mummy makeover surgery, rather than the actual procedure. .

Full recovery can take up to 6 weeks after having a mummy makeover in Manchester. In the hours and days after having mummy makeover surgery, gentle movement is very important and will be encouraged. This helps to decrease risks associated with general anaesthetic. For the entire 6 weeks, it is vital that you wear compression socks and also a support bra. Your mummy makeover surgeon will give specific advice based on the procedure you have had, but it is likely you will be advised not to do any strenuous exercise for 6 weeks, as this is when the wounds are mostly healed.

A mini mummy makeover is an adjusted version of the traditional full mummy makeover, when a mini tummy tuck is used instead of a full tummy tuck. The difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck is that a mini focuses on tightening the area below the belly button, whereas a full tummy tuck tightens the entire abdomen. This is still usually combined with a form of breast rejuvenation. After a consultation with a mummy makeover surgeon in Manchester, they will be able to advise whether you are better suited to a mini mummy makeover or a full mummy makeover, depending on your expectations for the surgery.

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